Television and movie star Fran Drescher was unforgettable in her most famous role as “The Nanny.” …Want to know something funny? She was told early in her career that she’d never make it in “the biz” unless she lost her thick New York accent.
I bet she has a good chuckle about that every once in a while.
One thing that’s no laughing matter to Fran, however, is cancer. She is a survivor of a multiple-times-misdiagnosed case of uterine cancer, and because of that, she is now a well-respected health advocate and founder of the Cancer Schmancer Movement. Its mission? Early Detection:
“…[by] education, prevention and early detection, we can save lives TODAY. By empowering ourselves and the women we love to become medical consumers; to listen to our bodies, ask the right questions of our doctors and seek second opinions, we can prevent cancer and, if we still end up with it, detect cancer in its earliest stages. At Cancer Schmancer, we aren’t reinventing the wheel. We are shedding light on a method that works to end mortality due to late stage diagnosis.”
One of the Movement’s mottos is “Stage 1 is the cure.” Some might find it to be somewhat hopeless; that, because there is no actual “cure” yet, we have to accept that people will continue to GET cancer. But I find it a welcome change of pace to say, hey, let’s deal with what we do know: when cancers are found in the early stages, 90% survive. (If you have time, read this 2008 Wired magazine article on the topic.)
**To support the good work that Cancer Schmancer is doing to educate men, women and young people about knowing their bodies and early detection, CancerShopUSA is donating 100% of the proceeds from sales of the Amoena Valletta tank top to Cancer Schmancer. This promo-fundraiser goes from now until April 11.
Amoena is proud to help such a worthwhile organization get the word out!